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Letters to a St. Louis musician: A correspondence with Pokey LaFarge, part 1

Letters to a St. Louis musician: A correspondence with Pokey LaFarge, part 1 Nate Burrell
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Outside of Euclid Records in the summer of 2011, I was reading the liner notes to "Middle of Everywhere," a new album at the time by Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three.

The notes, written by Pokey and dated December 2010, detail how his roots in St. Louis have shaped his music, his voice. I wanted to see if that dog had more bite, so I grabbed a pen. Now, one year later, what you are about to read is a continuation of those liner notes communicated in a correspondence between Pokey and me -- at least that’s how it starts.

Why letters? I could say it's a statement about mail, a timely subject, but that would be erroneous. I'm not going to wax poetic about mail, so for now let's settle for this: It's more amusing than email.

Part 1 of 2 begins in July after the release of "Middle of Everywhere" and ends at Courtesy Diner on Halloween, two days after the Redbirds captured their 11th World Series Championship.

Read part 2 of this exchange here. Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three will be at Off Broadway for a KDHX-welcomed concert on Thursday, December 15.

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